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Drumcrow William stars in sprint victory on winning return to Drumbo Park

By Robert Fenton

Drumcrow William was the king of the sprinters on Saturday night with a brilliant run on his first return to Drumbo Park since November.

Roy Ruddy's Dungannon-based blue dog was beaten in his previous visit but made no mistake here, romping home by seven lengths.

Talking Tactics hit out from trap one, but kept pushing out and lost his place but William was well on top in any case, going into the turn in 6.80 and, finishing with relish ahead of Meadow Gold and Beaming Dot Com, who beat Drumcrow in that November race.

The time was a very smart 17.81 and indicates William's likely to be involved in major sprints later in the year.

Two finals postponed from last week due to the meeting being cut short because of the weather, held pride of place the previous night and it was the pup Dunquin Choice who took the major plaudits in lifting the S4 final as well as £350 for Donegal owner Pat Barrett.

Choice is a smart black pup who made if four on the bounce and took the decider following a poor start from the traps.

Abrakebabra Meg hit the ground running but Choice roared up the inside while Melodic Aria made her challenge on the outside.

But there was no stopping Dunquin, who looks to have a very bright future.

The second final was the dual-distance event over 550, and again, the prize went north-west with Our Daisy winning her maiden for Lifford owners Alan Byrne and Rebecca Porter.

There was a right pile-up at the first bend with several runners involved and indeed, Daisy a black bitch, was turned sideways but emerged from the melee in front. Kicking on down the far side from Tashas Busy Fool, Daisy ran on in determined fashion holding Tashas to two lengths in 31.32.

Outdoor Katie stayed on for third, a further three lengths adrift.

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